Beyond Nuclear Deterrence

Beyond Nuclear Deterrence

This article is an attempt to explore the nuclear dilemma which faces the world forty years after the first atomic bomb was dropped at Hiroshima. In the course of it I shall try to put some flesh on the bones of the Labour
party’s policy for defense and disarmament. It will be based on texts drawn from remarks by President Reagan and his Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger.

In his seminal speech in March 1983 when President Reagan launched his Star Wars concept, he said: “The human spirit must be capable of rising above dealing with other nations by threatening their existence”; and he made it clear that he did not believe that peace could rest much longer on the threat of mutual suicide. I agree with him.

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